Top 2021 Biggest Colleges in the United States
The college educates us not only through education but also through social interactions. It's where a person spends four crucial years, which may give a new direction to their life.
Thus, many students are looking for a prestigious college. A prestigious college can shape their careers so that they will be able to live their dream life. Further, we will see the top 5 prestigious universities as per US News college ranking 2021. But before that, we'll see how a college considers as prestigious.
What makes a college prestigious?
The reputation of a college is a significant factor for the college's prestigiousness. The importance of college is through graduates and researches held in the college.
A college ranking top on sites like US News and World Report gives a lot of college prestige. It’s because US News gives 20% importance to the college's reputation in the ranking. For the college's reputation, US news takes surveys of top college administrators.
Another critical factor is good faculties. Often the reputed colleges can recruit excellent faculties. It includes professors, artists, and researchers who have proven themselves in their fields.
The ratio of a student in college and the faculties are also one of the most critical factors. The smaller student to faculty ratio, the better it is for students.
If the school is reputed, the number of applicants for admission will increase. It makes a school more selective, which results in taking more impressive students. Also, the acceptance rate of these schools is less.
The ability is to get funding from many sources is often high in reputed colleges compared to others. A consistent income source for colleges is endowments. These are an enormous amount of money from the interest they gather. With a fair amount of funding, the college can spend it on research, students, facilities, etc.
The prestige of college also depends on the former students. What they are doing in their current life reflects the college's success. The remarkable number of successful alumni will always increase the reputation of the college.
The following are the Prestigious Colleges in the USA:
1. Princeton University:
Princeton University is the 2021's most prestigious college in the USA. It is also the US's one of the oldest Universities, founded in 1746. It considers as "one of the most illustrious higher education institutions." Princeton University is also one of the world's best research universities.
When it comes to faculties, Princeton university is famous for its excellent faculties. There are Nobel laureate faculties like Tomas Lindahl, Arthur McDonald, Paul Krugman. There are less than 10,000 students in the college. Plus, the number of faculty compared to students is pretty high.
Two US Presidents, Woodrow Wilson and James Madison are Princeton University graduates. Michelle Obama, Brooke Shields, Jeff Bezos, Pete Conrad, Jimmy Stewart are other notable alumni.
Number of Faculties: 1289
Tenured professorial faculty: 76%
The student to faculty ratio: 5:1
Nobel prize winners: 45
Living alumni: 94000+
Alumni as the US President: 2
Acceptance Rate: 5.5%
2. Harvard University
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the 2nd most prestigious University in America. It's the oldest University in the USA, founded in 1736. It is an Ivy League private school with 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 49 Nobel Laureates, and 30 Heads of State. Harvard University campus is 5,076 acres, and total undergraduate enrollment is 6755.
The faculties at Harvard University consist of world-class scholars. These faculties are from all over the world who research and teach. Some faculty members also awarded Nobel Prizes like Martin Karplus and Alvin Roth.
The class size at Harvard University is below 40 on average. In many courses, the class size is 10 or even below that. It gives more opportunities for a student to interact with teachers.
Eight presidents of the United States graduated from Harvard University. Some of them are John F. Kennedy, John Adams, Franklin D. Roosevelt. There are other notable alumni like Leonard Bernstein, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Crichton.
Number of Faculties: 2,400
Tenured professorial faculty: 41%
The student to faculty ratio: 6:1
Nobel Prize winners: 49
Living alumni: 400,000
Alumni as the US President: 8
Acceptance Rate: 4.7%
3. Columbia University
Columbia University, located in New York, is the third most prestigious college in the US. It is a private institution founded in 1754.
Faculties of Columbia University are scholars in their field. In 82.1% of the classes, the class size is less than 20. From 1901, there have been 84 faculties, alumni, staff who won Nobel Prize.
Barack Obama, the USA's 44th president, is Columbia University's most notable alumni. The other notable alumni are Robert Agostinelli, Frank Lusk Babbott, Warren Buffett, etc.
Number of Faculties: 4,371
The Student to Faculty ratio: 6:1
Nobel Prize Winners: 84
Living Alumni: 48,000
Alumni as the US President: 1
Acceptance Rate: 5.9%
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)
MIT is a coeducational and independent Private Research University. The University is in the Massachusetts city of Cambridge. MIT's mission is to further knowledge and prepare students in science and technology. His motto is "Mens et Manus," meaning "Mind and Hand."
The University has 96 Nobel Laureates, 59 winners of the National Medal of Science. Also, 29 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The notable graduates include Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General.
At present, MIT is in five different schools. These are Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Management, and Technology. It is home to roughly 1,000 faculty members and more than 11,000 graduate and graduate students. Current research areas at MIT include digital learning, sustainable energy, big data, etc.
Besides Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MIT also boasts a diverse campus community.
Number of Faculties: 1,067
The student to faculty ratio: 3:1
Nobel Prize winners: 96
Living alumni: 139,318
Acceptance Rate: 6.7%
5. Yale University
Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, also ranked fourth, tied with MIT. It's a private university with 6057 undergraduate enrollment and 373 acres of campus.
International students are 21% of all students in the University. These students represent 120 countries, more from China, Canada, and India. Also, there are 2789 international scholars at University.
Yale's faculties are the one who stands forefront to scholarship, research, and teaching. They have a set of diverse faculties.
Lots of Yale graduates have a notable career in sports, science, art, and politics. Five US presidents have done their graduation from Yale University. These presidents are Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and William Howard Taft. The other notable alumni are John Kerry, Meryl Streep, and Hillary Clinton.
Yale University is having 65 Nobel Laureates, which includes alumni and faculties. In this, 23 won in economics, which is more than any other subject. University also has 32 Pulitzer prizes.
Number of Faculties: 4,869
The student to faculty ratio: 6:1
Nobel Prize winners: 65
Living alumni: 130,000
Acceptance Rate: 6.3%